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The Snow Queen. A Tale in Seven Stories (Illustrated) (Fairy eBooks) by [Andersen, Hans Christian, Joy, Marie-Michelle]
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  • File Size: 5325 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JKEMQY
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By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2013
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This rather long tale is an adventure where a very young girl goes in search of a very young boy, who she loves, who has been seduced by a splinter in his eye and a snow queen. A malicious demon made a glass that magnified everything that was bad and diminished good things and made them ugly. The demon wanted to fly to heaven and look at angels through his glass, but it fell from his hands and splintered into many pieces, some so small you could not see them. But as small as they were they still had the power the demon placed in them.

One splinter fell into the eye of a small boy who loved and was loved by a small girl. He began to see things in a distorted manner and began to act badly. So when a bad snow queen came she was able to draw him away.

The girl missed him terribly and decided to look for him. Most of the book tells of her strange adventures with both humans and animals. When she finally came near to the frozen palace of the snow queen, a friendly person told her that she could only be successful if she could remove the glass splinter from the boy's eye.

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First, some housekeeping. This "Snow Queen", (The Snow Queen (Illustrated) (Andersen's Fairy Tales)), uses the 1867 H.B. Paull translation that was first published by Scribner and Co. and is now, I believe, in the public domain. Its particular appeal is the illustrations by Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham, which are both helpful, (for young readers), and creepy/chilling, (for all readers). This version is not free.

A second volume, (The Snow Queen (Fairy eBooks)), is a free Kindle download. It is also based on the H.B. Paull translation, but features illustrations by T. Pym. These drawings are loaded with Victorian charm. The publisher claims that the book has been especially formatted for the Kindle Fire HD. I have a black and white Kindle Touch, and the book displayed well on that.

So, you can download a Kindle freebie or step up to a classically illustrated version for a few dollars. Either way you will be well pleased.

The Paull translation of this story has an elegant old-world sort of feel to it. It is not so old fashioned that it is hard to follow, but it is not like some of the modern versions that are inclined toward glibness in the service of action and narrative drive. The story line is clear enough, but the execution is dreamy and intentionally artificial. It can be too "weird" or ambiguous for some tastes, which is understandable, and the fairy tale/fable quest can be read as a simple adventure story or a parable crammed full of symbolism and deeper meaning.
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Top notch ebook with 20 high quality illustrations together with text surrounded by a border on each page making for a lovely edition. Fairly priced and one I do recommend!

I've also included reviews for the "Stories from Hans Andersen" version (Part 1) "Andersen Fairy Tales illustrated by Edmund Dulac" version (Part 2) and "Fairy eBooks" version (Part 4).

From this Thanksgiving to Christmastime I will only be reviewing Holiday books for your reading pleasure before drastically scaling back my reviews, so until such a time have a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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I wouldn't read this to a young child - murder and kidnapping don't seem suitable topics for a bedtime story - but I enjoyed reading this because it's Hans Christian Andersen.
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Hans Christian Anderson is well known to many for his classic children's stories. This particular one is beautifully illustrated and easy to read. The moral message of true love and a pure heart will delight children and the reader. With snow, ice and wind, magical creatures and wicked queens, this story will become a Christmas favorite for years to come.
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A variant of the familiar story. The illustrations were charming but hard to see on my kindle. I have read many versions of this story but this included "stores" I was unfamiliar with. The seemed stilted at times and lacking in depth that I was used to in other versions.
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A delightful story of a young lady who goes on an adventure to save her kidnapped sweetheart. A delightful subversion of the kidnapped princess trope, written long long long before its time.

This tale used to delight me as a little girl, and reading it again now takes me back to my childhood, to the little girl curled up in bed dreaming of adventure.

Delightful.
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these books are classics but i have always had a hard time reading them. the illustrations are neat. and i understand how they used this story for the movie frozen. this story also brings me back to my childhood. old memories that i try so hard to remember.
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